Preview: Pyramids FC eye consolation win against Nouadhibou in CAF Champions League

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Mar 2024

Egyptian side Pyramids FC are determined to secure a victory as they host Nouadhibou of Mauritania in the final round of Group A in the CAF Champions League on Saturday, aiming to end their African adventure on a positive note.

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Pyramids FC s midfield Ibrahim Blati Tour during the match with TP Mazembe on Saturday 24 February, 2024. Photo courtesy of Pyramids FC.


Pyramids FC bid farewell to the prestigious continental championship as their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals in their inaugural participation faded away.

Pyramids FC began their Champions League group stage campaign on a positive note with a 1-0 home victory over TP Mazembe in the first round.

However, a setback against FC Nouadhibou of Mauritania saw them slip to the third position. Their struggles continued with a 1-0 loss at home to second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, followed by two goalless draws in the third and fourth rounds and a 3-0 defeat to TP Mazembe last Saturday.

Throughout the group stage, Pyramids FC managed to score only one goal, courtesy of South African forward Fagrie Lakay in five matches, while conceding six goals.

However, Pyramids FC's newly appointed Croatian coach, Krunoslav Jurcic, who replaced the fired Portuguese tactician Jaime Pacheco, expressed his determination to win the upcoming game and end their journey in the competition on a positive note for their fans.

Jurcic emphasized the importance of every game and stated that his team must secure a victory. "We must end the group stage with a win, and as a coach, my goal is to instill a winning mentality among my players, emphasizing the need to win every match and compete in various tournaments, regardless of the situation or opponent," Jurcic said.

The Croatian tactician also highlighted that the game would serve as preparation for their upcoming domestic league clashes.

Pyramids FC currently sit at the bottom of the group with 4 points, level with third-placed Nouadhibou.

Meanwhile, TP Mazembe from Tanzania and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa have already secured their spots in the knockout stage, leading the group with 10 points each.

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